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Five Toxic Foods Not To Feed Your Pet

As Labor Day approaches many of us are thinking about a final celebration of summer. From backyard barbecues to pool parties and other party-oriented gatherings, celebrations are an opportunity for our dogs and cats to be exposed to food that may stimulate their curiosity: juicy baby back ribs, awesome-smelling burgers, buttery fish and other drool-worthy goodies. Many people think that they are treating their pet to a small bite here and there but we could accidentally be poisoning our animal. To help you avoid a visit to the veterinarian keep these popular foods out of your pets reach.

1) Alcohol

Unlike humans, alcohol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and affects pets very quickly. They can become attracted to a discarded cup of wine, beer or even sangria left sitting within their reach. If your pet ingests alcohol is can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. And some animals can experience seizures and even respiratory failure. Even desserts containing alcohol can have adverse affects on your pet.

2) Bones and Table Scraps

Both bones and table scraps can be dangerous for your dog. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and raw, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. We need to be very careful with feeding our dogs these fats. Also, while we often hear to give dogs bones, they can be dangerous as well. Bones can splinter and cause an obstruction or laceration in the dog’s digestive system. Be sure that your dog can not get to chicken, pork, turkey or rib bones. Only raw bones should be considered for your dog and even then they can still be dangerous.

3) Onion and Garlic

It isn’t a BBQ without onions. We may use them on our burgers or hotdogs or even in our homemade salsa. Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to cats and dogs. The ingestion of onions, onion powder, or even cooked onion causes a condition called hemolytic anemia, which is characterized by damage to the red blood cells. In other words, onion toxicity can cause the red blood cells circulating through your pet’s body to burst. A small amount can be toxic to your dog or cat. Garlic, chives, and leeks are also part of the Allium family, and are poisonous to both dogs and cats. Garlic is a common ingredient used in hamburger patties. It is considered to be about FIVE TIMES as potent as onions, causing oxidative damage to the red blood cells as well as an upset stomach. Other signs of anemia may include lethargy, pale gums, an elevated heart rate, an increased respiratory rate, weakness, exercise intolerance, and collapse. Onion and garlic poisoning can have a delayed onset, and signs may not be apparent for several days. Immediate veterinary care is recommended. Unless you know what is in that burger don’t feed it to your dog!

4) Fatty Foods

Foods that are high in fat can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Certain breeds can be more susceptible to pancreatitis than other breeds. Pancreatitis often follows the ingestion of fatty meal in dogs. It’s best to not share fast food leftovers, junk food or foods cooked in grease with your dog, such as burgers, hot dogs, ribs, steak, pork chops and fried chicken.

5) Raw Fish and Meat

It’s one thing to properly prepare and feed your pet a raw food diet; it’s another if your pet counter surfs and eats raw meat or fish that hasn’t been carefully handled. Just like uncooked eggs, raw meat and raw fish can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning. Keep your raw fish and meat in an area where your pet can not help himself and get into trouble. Certain kinds of fish such as salmon, trout, or sturgeon can contain a parasite that causes “fish disease.” If not treated, the disease can be fatal within two weeks. The first signs of illness are vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes. Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill the parasite and protect your dog.

We want you and your pet to enjoy the upcoming holiday and BBQ. But be mindful of whether or not your pet has access to these toxic foods. And be sure the kids are aware of these dangers as well.🧄🧅🍔🍟

Our September Basic Obedience Group Lesson is filling up quick. If you are interested in getting your dog well trained give us a call at 231-845-0550. And of course we are here for any boarding needs you have. When only the best will do! 🐾

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